Job Opportunity: Staff Attorney-Public Benefits

New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty seeks full-time staff attorney for our Public Benefits Team to provide legal representation, policy advocacy, and community education to address hunger and secure fundamental fairness in the administration of the public safety net for low-income New Mexicans. Required: Law degree and license; minimum two years as an attorney; excellent research, writing, and legal advocacy skills; ‘no-stone-unturned’ thoroughness and persistence; leadership; ability to be articulate and forceful in the face of powerful opposition; commitment to economic and racial justice.   Preferred: knowledge and experience in advocacy, lobbying, legislative and government administrative processes; experience working with diverse community groups and other allies; familiarity with poverty law; Spanish fluency. Varied, challenging, rewarding work. Good non-profit salary. Excellent benefits. Balanced work schedule. Apply in confidence by emailing a resume and a cover letter describing your commitment to social justice and to the mission of the NM Center on Law and Poverty to veronica@nmpovertylaw.org.  Please put your name in the subject line. EEOE. People with disabilities, people of color, and people who have grown up in low-income communities are especially encouraged to apply.

Fall, Spring, and Summer Externships

The New Mexico Center on Law and Poverty allows selected law students the opportunity to earn credits while working under the supervision of a licensed attorney as part of an Externship Program. Students will have the opportunity to work in the areas of healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. For questions regarding externships, please contact Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.

Paid Summer Internship

The Seth Montgomery Fellowship is a paid ($5,000 stipend) 10 week internship that allows for one outstanding first or second year law student to work with one or several attorneys on issues related to healthcare, workers’ rights, immigrants’ rights, public benefits, hunger and nutritional support, and public education. The position requires the student to work full time (40 hours). Applications for the 2016 Seth Montgomery Fellowship will be accepted starting in the spring of 2016 Have any questions? Please email Staff Attorney Abuko Estrada at abuko@nmpovertylaw.org or Preston Sanchez at preston@nmpovertylaw.org.